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How should you deal with your insurer after a car accident?

No one looks forward to dealing with an insurance company. You can't help but feel like they don't really have your best interests at heart, and instead are looking to mitigate what they have to cover. Sadly, this is the way many insurance companies operate -- but they still serve an important purpose. And you have to deal with them after a car accident if you want to effectively handle the logistics of your crash and move on in a timely manner.

So what should you do with your insurance company after a car accident? First, you should read your insurance policy and know what you are covered for. You should then contact your insurance company and inform them about the wreck.

Been in an accident? Get legal help as soon as possible

Imagine that you are involved in a car accident. There are many different injuries that you could suffer, and a wide variety of them are serious in nature. The potential physical changes that your body can suffer in the wake of an accident are immense. You could be in a lot of pain; it may take a long time to recover; and when you do heal, you may not be the same.

But the physical injuries aren't the only possible injuries you can sustain. The emotional or mental pain accrued from the accident can be just as damaging. A person can suffer from extreme fear of driving or being in vehicles, just as they can carry feelings of guilt or despair (among many other feelings), after a car accident.

Driver with recent issues driving strikes 2 pedestrians with car

An unfortunate motor vehicle accident that involved two pedestrians in San Diego occurred recently. Thankfully, the two pedestrians are expected to be okay, as is the driver. The wreck involved a 76-year-old driver who was driving early in the morning. A 61-year-old jogger and a 12-year-old girl were out on the road when the 76-year-old lost control of her vehicle and struck these two pedestrians. Eventually, the car hit a tree as well.

The 61-year-old and the 12-year-old both suffered serious injuries, but it does not seem as though the injuries were life-threatening by any means. The police are looking into the wreck, and one detail that is known is that the 76-year-old admitted that she was having problems driving recently. 

Breaches in doctor-patient confidentiality can lead to lawsuit

Even though many people have heard of doctor-patient confidentiality, it is easy for many people to just disregard -- or, maybe more accurately, not fully recognize -- the importance of this clause. Doctor-patient confidentiality is the premise that a person who goes to a doctor to seek medical treatment should not have to fear that his or her condition will be disclosed to other people. If doctor-patient confidentiality didn't exist, many people would avoid going to the doctor out of fear of embarrassment. That would lead to a substantially less healthy population.

Doctor-patient confidentiality, then, is one of the most important aspects of the medical field. When it isn't applied properly, the system suffers -- and so can the patient in question.

Speeding, red-light running driver causes crash, kills 4

Tragedy struck last weekend in San Diego after four people were killed in a car accident that involved two vehicles. One vehicle was a van carrying five people. The other vehicle was an Acura that was traveling at what appears to have been an unsafe speed -- and then plowed through a red light, eventually hitting the van. Of the five people in the van, two suffered minor injuries.

However, the people in the Acura were not as lucky. Three people were killed after being ejected from the vehicle. Another person died inside of the vehicle. And a fifth person survived, but was labeled in critical condition after the crash. The vehicle somehow managed to hit the van, continue into a pole and then sheer in half. That lets you know just how fast the vehicle was traveling.

Increase in motorcycle accident deaths causes concern

A couple of interesting statistics demonstrate a changing landscape for motorcycle accidents -- and that isn't a good thing. The report found that motorcycle deaths increased in Maine and in the Australian state of Queensland during 2015. While these are two oddly specific states to be discussing when it comes to a "global" change to motorcycle safety, the change is still noteworthy.

For the state of Maine, it appears that the unseasonably warm weather for the northeastern portions of the United States in 2015 played a role. This allowed motorcyclists to be out on the roads for longer, inherently increasing the chances there would be more accidents. For Queensland, there doesn't really seem to be a reason to point at and blame.

3 killed in wrong-way accident near US-Mexico border

A stunning car accident near the border of California and Mexico claimed three lives after a car drove the wrong way on a highway at high speeds. The vehicle was traveling at speeds around 100 miles per hour, forcing the police to stop pursing the vehicle as it traveled north in the southbound lanes of a highway. The wrong way tirade lasted for 40 miles, and sadly two people in the other vehicle that was struck died in the crash.

There isn't much to say about the specifics in this case. Obviously the driver in the wrong-way vehicle was negligent. Whether the driver was evading the law or doing something illegal beforehand is unclear at this point.

Botched surgery leads to amputation of patient's leg

In March 2013, a woman was diagnosed with bilateral osteoarthritis in her knees. The doctor who diagnosed her said that surgery was needed, and that with a double knee replacement, she would feel better. However, shortly after the surgery was performed, it was discovered that the woman's right leg was not receiving blood and that her foot was "cold."

A surgeon was notified of this post-op complication, and an emergency surgery was ordered. During that procedure, the surgeon found that an artery was excessively bleeding. Despite the emergency efforts, the medical team couldn't save the woman's right leg, so it had to be amputated.

Survey: teens have different take on texting while driving

One of the most frustrating and upsetting aspects to distracted driving is that it seems like everyone is well aware that the behavior is dangerous -- and yet many people do it anyways. When it comes to teenagers, a new study found that this is especially true, and it found out why that is.

The study was published in the journal Traffic Injury Prevention, and it interviewed 30 teenagers on the subject of texting while driving. All of them understood that texting while driving was dangerous -- and yet many of them admitted to doing it. How could this incredible duality possibly be?

Medical malpractice: How do you prove your case?

Doctors and medical professionals are human. If they have one flaw, it is the fact that they make mistakes -- just like anyone else. In general, people like to think that medical professionals are these flawless experts who can perform amazing feats of medical engineering. And for the most part, they do. But they also botch procedures and commit errors while treating patients too. When this happens, the lives of the affected patients change forever, and they are likely entitled to compensation.

When an affected patient files a medical malpractice lawsuit against a doctor or medical institution, the story behind their case may seem like it should carry the day. The sad circumstances or the tragic result of the medical procedure should show a civil court that the affected patient deserves compensation, right?